Every year, several outstanding short films and animations are produced and have received awards in Hong Kong, their creativity and efforts deserve recognitions both locally and abroad, not to mention many other excellent titles yet to be discovered. Now, Hong Kong independent filmmakers and animators are being offered a big step forward.

"HONG KONG SHORT FILM: NEW ACTION EXPRESS" is a scheme launched by the Hong Kong Arts Centre and sponsored by Create Hong Kong (CreateHK) of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region,aiming to promote excellent Hong Kong short films and videos locally and abroad. By sponsoring local talents to attend international film festivals and first-class cultural events, they will be introduced to global audiences and to engage in rewarding exchanges. Talents as such form the backbone of our creative industries, who make Hong Kong a unique and vibrant creative hub in Asia.



  • To introduce local creative talents to global audience
  • To broaden the talents' scope in short film filmmaking and appreciation
  • To promote Hong Kong short films locally and abroad
  • To reinforce Hong Kong as the creative capital in Asia


Festival submission deadlines in July:

Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival [Deadline: Jul-1]

Cork Film Festival [Deadline: Jul-5]

Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival & Market [Deadline: Jul-5]

Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival [Deadline: Jul-5]

London Short Film Festival [Deadline: Jul-6]

CINANIMA - International Animated Film Festival [Deadline: Jul-10]

Festival Tous Courts [Deadline: Jul-12]

International Short Film Festival Winterthur [Deadline: Jul-12]

Reykjavík International Film Festival [Deadline: July-15]

ZINEBI, International Festival of Documentary and Short Film of Bilbao [Deadline: Jul-15]

Puerto Rico Horror Film Festival [Deadline: Jul-25]

Venice International Film Festival [Deadline: Jul-21]

Thai Short Film and Video Festival [Deadline: Jul-31]

Festival submission deadlines in August:

Five Flavours Film Festival [Deadline: Aug-1]

Stuttgarter Filmwinter Festival For Expanded Media [Deadline: Aug-1]

Sundance Film Festival [Deadline: Aug-7]

International Short Film Festival Leuven [Deadline: Aug-15]

LUSCA Caribbean International Fantastic Film Fest (formerly “Puerto Rico Horror Film Festival”) [Deadline: Aug-15]

The International Student Film and Video Festival of Beijing Film Academy [Deadline: Aug-15]

Aspen Shortsfest [Deadline: Aug-16]

International Film Festival Rotterdam [Deadline: Aug-24]

London Short Film Festival [Deadline: Aug-24]